Government and business leaders attend dedication ceremonies.
Specialty contractor to provide a curbside cover for car rental center.
Dr. Pál Pataki retires as institute director.
A push for the use of water-based chemicals.
IFAI Expo 2014 will host a seminar about current research and innovation in advanced fabrics.
Fabric supplier is a leading European manufacturer of upholstery fabrics.
Industry leaders across the U.S. learn about the latest printing technologies.
Leading manufacturing organizations seek U.S. government action.
Partnership for DNA marking of packaging and original products.
Promoting entrepreneurship from coast to coast.
Officials of nearly 40 states say they plan to adopt industrial wiping cloth rule.
Texas Tech researchers discover it picks up 50 times its weight in oil.
Scorpion W2 to replace Universal Camouflage Pattern.
Acquisition includes hot air, Triad and Spec products.
Flame-resistant apparel honored in 2014 R&D 100 Awards.
In an IFAI business climate survey, three factors constraining growth in the U.S. specialty fabrics market were mentioned: high raw material costs, overseas competition, and high oil/energy prices. From September –December 2008, high raw material and petroleum-related prices were exacerbated by tighter credit markets and record unemployment.
Survey respondents reported some positive factors: increasing market share due to increased consolidation, greater export opportunities, and development of new technology and growth in eco-friendly green markets. Growth markets include medical textiles, military applications, safety and protective products, and the domestic and international use of geosynthetics.
Increases in raw material and energy costs, increased labor costs and medical insurance premiums and the possible long-term shrinkage of the military market were mentioned as threats to growth. The poor economy means a weak U.S. dollar, tighter credit and reduced consumer buying. Overcapacity could be a problem, due to increased costs, decreased customer demand and global competition, especially from China and India.
In response, suppliers will focus on high value products, profitable niche markets and product diversification, improving manufacturing processes, R&D and information technology. Advertising, marketing and sales promotion will be key.
From the 2009 State of the Industry Report. Purchase a complete report at the IFAI Bookstore.